Mystery donor boosts campaign

(left to right) Jacqui Gettings, Luke Smith, Callum Smith and Zoe Neesam
(left to right) Jacqui Gettings, Luke Smith, Callum Smith and Zoe Neesam

A SECOND mystery donor has stepped up to give the Hartlepool Mail’s Callum’s Dream appeal a boost.

We have already told how one man had put a £2,500 into the appeal account. But now another anonymous donor has posted £200 in notes.

It is yet another boost for the little boy who needs a sensory room to help him develop.

Callum has epilepsy and numerous other conditions. His parents, Hartlepool couple Zoe Neesam, 21, and Luke Smith, 23, are his round-the-clock carers.

They have one wish for their son. They would love a sensory room filled with the light displays, sounds, projectors and fibre optics to help him smile.

The money was sent in an envelope to the home of Epilepsy Outlook, the charity which is partnering the Hartlepool Mail in the bid to raise £5,000 for Callum.

The charity’s operations manager Jacqui Gettings said: “There was no indication at all who it had come from. It was all £20 notes in an envelope and it is a really lovely gesture.”

The fantastic donation has taken the total for Callum to more than £3,600 and we’re still in only the second week of fundraising.

Jacqui added: “The public have been great. We get people coming in and saying ‘I just want to give something. Some have been moved to tears by Callum’s story.

“Another lady came in and said ‘I have to do something’.”

She said people were also telling her they planned to hold fundraising events to help Callum. We’re hoping to achieve just that dream - with your support.